Your car should be able to go about 10’ with this design. Try some variations and see if you can get the car to go faster or farther.
Posted January 25th, 2011
There’s a kinder way to take advantage of the energy stored in a mousetrap’s torsion spring: make a mousetrap-powered car! the School of Engineering PhD candidate Dustyn Roberts created this project, featured in her book, Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists (McGraw-Hill, 2010).
Adpated from instructables.com where you can find additional images, expanded instructions, and more of Dustyn Roberts’ projects.